Ashley Christensen was in full throttle this past weekend @ Hopscotch Music Festival, with Beasley’s Chicken & Honey (BC&H) being an official festival sponsor, A.C. restaurants showcasing their food at the Lincoln Theater Day party, as well as Christensen being repeatedly named-dropped by several artists & bands as the Raleigh “it” cuisine.
Beasley’s Chicken & Honey = KFC Original recipe on steroids … and I loves me some KFC Original.
BC&H is all about fried chicken, and you’ll praise your southern heritage that such goodness exists. A concise menu of three entrees (quarter chicken, chicken biscuit, chicken & waffles) and an array of southern sides and desserts are displayed on a chalkboard menu posted above long communal tables and bar stools. Ashley Christensen loves that diner atmosphere – with décor faintly reminiscent of BC&H’s predecessor, Poole’s Diner.
For starters: my dinner mate & I had Mason jar housed signature cocktails (I cannot recall their clever names) – both were tasty and excellent kick-start beverages for Hopscotch Music Festival.
Our dinner included the Quarter fried chicken- dark meat secondary to A.C.’s recent interview describing dark meat as the only meat for fried chicken. The chicken’s breader does not fry overly crispy, hence my KFC original remark – but it was the definition of how fried chicken should present (a la photo). The addition of drizzled honey adds a delicious highlight of sweetness to the subtle salts of the fried chicken. It was unquestionably great.
The chicken biscuit was a hefty fried cutlet atop a cornbread-textured biscuit dressed with honey and picked green tomatoes. Reading this description should be enough… (Just in case: it was incredibly delicious)
We chose three sides: the Mac & cheese, potato salad, & sliced tomatoes.
I personally did not enjoy Poole’s Diner’s mac – but BC&H mac & cheese is definitely fantastic, with a much more creamy consistency and restrained addition of pimentos – upgrade! The potato salad has its fair share of smoky bacon; therefore it delivers a unique, robust flavor. Lastly, the light side of sliced yellow tomatoes with hollandaise/ranch-style sauce was a delicious balance to our heavier carb sides.
Dessert descriptions are very enticing – We didn’t partake, knowing it would incapacitate our festival energy- maybe next time.
[Additional note: BC&H’s staff turns the tables with quickness; I was pleasantly surprised to receive our entrées within fifteen minutes of ordering and they were fresh & hot. Either they turn the food just as quickly or have ingeniously mastered the heat lamp.]
Not to continue to compare apples to oranges, but my previous review of A.C.’s Poole’s Diner fried chicken was a mediocre experience at best… In this review, I’m sort-of eating my words with an enormous preference and admiration for Beasley’s Chicken & Honey.